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This Country of Mothers

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A mosaic of memories, the poems of This Country of Mothers recollect Julianna Baggott’s experiences as both mother and daughter. With wit, compassion, aggression, and anxiety, Baggott examines her maternal history. She recalls moments of creation and destruction in her life, times of elation and of desperation that mold her as both a woman and a poet. This affecting study ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 10th 2001 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Baggott’s collection of narrative poetry explores family and motherhood from several perspectives. She has a tendency toward long lines, which frequently turn into long poems. The poems flow seamlessly, like clicking rosary beads. The book is divided into five sections, starting with Baggott’s own conception.
I am swelling

and waiting, a ticking egg, a twisting tail,
a fly smashing against bright glass.

There are poems of adolescence and early sexual experiences, moving through the birt
I give this three stars because there were some poems that I loved and some that I stopped reading. No middle ground, so three is in the middle. I loved Baggott's description of miscarriage. She captured the heartbreak perfectly. My favorite poem in the collection was Blurbs. I recommend this collection for serious students of modern poetry.
I loved this book of poems. The imagery was great. I liked Baggot's rhythm, her gestures, and her touch with recreating an emotion or sentiment. Her poems are bloody, but elegant.
4 1/8 stars.

I'm not a mother nor even motherly, so maybe I didn't expect to enjoy this as much, but it's good stuff.
Lorene Haupt
I don't do poetry, so 3 stars is a pretty good rank for me to give a poetry book.
First three sections were solid and wonderful, last two, not in comparison.
Mar 09, 2010 Doug rated it 4 of 5 stars
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One of the first poets that hooked me. Her poems still stand out.
Tasha Cotter
The mary todd lincoln poem is especially good.
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